Student Disability Services

Florida Southern College welcomes all students seeking to further their education. Accordingly, Florida Southern College prohibits discrimination against any qualified student with a disability.

The college engages in an interactive process with the student and, as appropriate, with professionals documenting the disability and the student’s family. If you have a disability and would like to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, written relevant documentation from a licensed physician, psychologist, or other qualified professional is ideal.  A high school plan such as an IEP or 504 Plan may or may not be fully sufficient documentation, but can be helpful.

Requesting Accommodations

Students with disabilities requesting accommodations should contact:

Jennifer Del Valle
Coordinator of Student Disability Services
Florida Southern College
111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801-5698

By E-mail:
jdelvalle@flsouthern.edu

By Telephone:
863.680.4196 (4196 if dialing from campus phone)

By Fax:
863.680.5121

Ms. Del Valle’s office is located on the main floor of the Charles T. Thrift Building, Career Center office.

 

Documentation

Documentation must be relevant — that is, reflect the current status of the student and her/his disability needs. Ideally, documentation will describe the functional limitations resulting from the disability and how accommodations can improve student access to their full college experience. Requests for disability accommodations must be made each semester, and students must meet with their instructors to determine how the requested accommodations will be made in each class.

Although numerous accommodations may be offered — extended time on tests, access to classmates’ notes, and preferential seating to name only a few — students with documented disabilities are encouraged to utilize academic resources generally available to FSC students, including peer tutoring, study skills resources, and support assistance from their faculty advisor, instructors, and members of the Student Solutions Center. The Coordinator of Student Disability Services, Jennifer Del Valle, is available to guide students to needed resources.

Florida Southern College has an attendance requirement and a requirement that students participate in Engaged Learning activities in the classroom. Once accommodations are approved, how they will be implemented in each class is determined in an interactive process between the professor and the student. Each faculty member has attendance and Engaged Learning requirements in the course syllabus and the student and faculty member should review these together and determine the degree of flexibility that can reasonably be offered in each class.

Here is more information on what constitutes a disability and how to seek accommodations. Additionally, although FSC works with each student using information available, here is a description of what “ideal documentation” might include.

Grievance Procedure

Florida Southern College has in place an internal grievance procedure for prompt and equitable resolution of challenges to the accommodations provided. All concerns should be submitted in writing to:

Dr. Marcie Pospichal
Associate Vice President for Student Support
Florida Southern College
111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801-5698

By E-mail:
fscjustask@flsouthern.edu

By Telephone:
863.680.4197 (4197 if dialing from campus phone)

Verbally (in person only):
Thrift Building, main floor, rear "Counseling Center" wing


Questions? Contact

Jennifer Del Valle

Jennifer Del Valle
Coordinator of Student Disability Services
863.680.4196
jdelvalle@flsouthern.edu

Dr. Marcie Pospichal

Dr. Marcie Pospichal
Associate Vice President for Student Support
863.680.4197
fscjustask@flsouthern.edu

The Office of Student Support is on the first floor of the Charles T. Thrift Building, in the Counseling Center area.

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